Reading

What I've read, what I'm reading and what I think about it, starting May 14th 2008.
No.NameAuthorStarted ReadingFinished ReadingComments
10Deryni Rising Katherine Kurtz 2008-05-29 2008-05-31 This is the first book in the Deryni series, written in 1970. I wouldn't recommend it - it's shallow, with a very simplistic plot and sketchy character development. I came across it on a list of top 100 fantasy books, but I'm not sure how it got there.
9The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2008-05-18 2008-05-24
8The Truth Terry Pratchett 2008-05-18 2008-05-18
7Yet Another Haskell Tutorial Hal Daumé III 2008-05-12

6The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 6) Steven Erikson 2008-05-05 2008-05-01
5The Last Hero Terry Pratchett 2008-04-26 2008-04-26 This illustrated edition was gifted to me by a close friend. It's beautifully done (in colour) and highly recommended.
4A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson 2008-04-25 2008-05-17
3The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas 2008-04-20 2008-05-28 This book is essential reading for any hacker. I personally found it difficult to read (it shows in the month I took to finish it) beacuse I've already been exposed to many of the ideas in the book when pairing with my colleagues or through conversations on TWs mailing lists. However, there was enough in there which was new or which I hadn't paid much attention to earlier to make it worth the time I spent.
2From Hell - New Cover Edition Alan Moore 2008-04-25 2008-05-16
1India's Unending Journey: Finding Balance in a Time of Change Mark Tully 2008-04-10 2008-05-02

8 comments:

rams said...

You will love Short History of Nearly Everything. I like Bill Bryson's style. Also check out his Mother Tongue (about the English Language)& Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Although Life and Times is about growing up in 1950s America it's very amusing.

Njoy maadee.

Sidu said...

Thanks for the recommendations - I'll be sure to check them out.

Prasanna L.M said...

hi sidu, i have heard about the book 'Indias Unending journey'. But, didnt get a chance to read. If you can let me know your thoughts about this book, it will be helpful for me to decide whether it is worth a buy or not.

Sidu said...

'India's Unending Journey' mostly talks about how understanding and embracing uncertainty is a good thing, and how absolute certainty in religion and politics is one of the biggest problems in the western world.
Each chapter is a pretty much stand-alone essay making a specific point as part of his broader argument and citing a case study to support it.
it's pretty decent - I'd recommend it.

mspebble said...

Hi Sidu,

Seeing that some of our tastes coincide..and since 1:4 is a nice ratio :), have you tried 'Harroun and Sea of Stories' by Salman Rushdie?especially the one with illustrations(done by some Paul)?

It is a book worth a hundred books.

No sense repeating what I had long finished saying, more recommendations on http://mspebble.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/amazing-reads/

1:4- I have read The Truth, and A short History of Nearly Everything(finishing which made me lose track of Nearly Everything..)

Sudhindra Rao said...

Sidu
You should try www.shelfari.com. They have a good way of documenting your reading progress and you can network too. My shelf is here
http://www.shelfari.com/o1518320156/shelf

Sidu said...

@mspebble: Thanks for the recommendation, I'll be sure to read the Rushdie soon.

@Sudhindra: I know dude, but the paranoiac in me prevents me from using services like Shelfari. What if they fold up and vanish? (unlikely, I know, but still).
I guess I'll stick to my CSV + Ruby script solution for now.

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